Time Management: The Compulsive Talker

How To Interrupt A Non-stop Talker  By Gene Griessman

Gene Griessman

Memorize power phrases, power statements, and power questions  to help you get off the phone or interrupt non-stop talkers.

If the other person goes on and on, one way to interrupt is to wait until the individual breathes. Even the most long-winded talker has to breathe. Then say the person’s name, followed by a comment such as, “Susan…I’m sorry to interrupt, but I’ve got a call coming in that I can’t afford to miss. Let me get right back to you.”

A friend of mine says simply, “Can I call you right back?” She doesn’t explain why, leaving it to the other person to think that perhaps the doorbell rang or there was an emergency.

One of my friends, who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons, has a toy phone with a real-sounding ring that he keeps on his desk. When a caller goes on too long, he presses it and says, “Sorry, I’ve got to catch that.”

Another excellent way to end a conversation is to say, “I’d better let you go.” This indicates that you are respectful of the other person’s time while accomplishing your own goal of getting off the line.

There’s an entire chapter devoted to how to defend yourself against time thieves in the best-seller TIME TACTICS OF VERY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

You will also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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